Walker’s GOP Nixes Cameras in Capitol, OKs Guns [Really?]

The Green Bay Press-Gazette has taken to the editorial page to air a grievance with the Republican majority deciding that the public cannot bring cameras into the legislative galleries, but will allow guns.

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The Green Bay Press-Gazette has taken to the editorial page to air a grievance with the Republican majority deciding that the public cannot bring cameras into the legislative galleries, but will allow guns:

Both the Assembly and Senate have maintained rules that prohibit the use of cameras, cell phones and video equipment in the public galleries. The Assembly last week voted down a proposed resolution that would have allowed visitors to carry signs into the legislative galleries.

By disallowing the cameras, the Legislature is turning its back on the First Amendment rights of free speech and expression.

We find it curious the same elected officials seem to have little concern about the presence of concealed weapons in the legislative chambers.

It is clear that lawmakers have a greater fear of cameras than they do of weapons. But shutting out the public from legislative proceedings flies in the face of public government and shouldn’t be allowed.

The whole editorial is worth a read, and highlights the blatant hypocrisy of the GOP on fundamental rights and public accountability.

[Green Bay Press-Gazette]

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Cody currently oversees online communications, web development, and graphic design at One Wisconsin Now & the Institute, having served previously as Deputy Research Director.